North to Maine: A Journey on the Appalachian Trail
by Brenton Lengel
directed by Eric Parness
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,176 mile footpath through the American wilderness. It begins at the summit of Mt. Springer in Georgia and crosses through a total of fourteen states before reaching its terminus at the summit of Katahdin in Maine. Every year, in late March, nearly 2,000 people gather at its southern terminus and attempt the feat of walking it, in its entirety, in a single season. These people are called thru-hikers. Twenty percent drop out before the first 30 miles and by the time they reach Maine only a few hundred remain. Those who complete it are called 2000-Milers. They come from all walks of life, and from all over the world. They carry all their possessions on their backs, and sleep in tents and shelters along the way, trusting their lives to providence, the kindness of strangers, and to their own hands. They do not walk for money, or fame, rather they are driven to walk, some would say compelled, by the journey itself. North to Maine is the first play ever written about this treasure of the American landscape and the people who walk it.
6/5/2013 at 8:00pm